The Parkland, Fla. school shooting on Valentines Day has ramped up the debate over gun laws or lack thereof, and motivated young soon-to-be voters to demand more than legislators' sanctimonious thoughts and prayers.
National Rifle Association spokesman Wayne LaPierre responded by proclaiming that any gun restrictions whatsoever equate to canceling the Second Amendment. By that logic, we all should be able to buy machine guns, which have been illegal for years.
LaPierre made it clear that the NRA cares more about the rights of psychopaths and sociopaths to buy military assault weapons than about the rights of regular folks to go out in public or send their children to school without fear of becoming the next martyrs to the 2nd Amendment.
The NRA wants to legalize silencers. What a great idea! It will take victims and responders longer to determine where shots are coming from, so more people can be killed and maybe the shooter can slip away to do it again instead of killing himself.
The NRA spent millions of dollars in the 2016 election, including more than $30 million for Trump and against Clinton; and $111 million in federal campaign contributions since 2010. They spend millions more on lobbying.
That makes me wonder how much they spend to pay the huge medical bills and lost income of injured shooting survivors, and how much they pay to replace income for family members who quit their jobs to care for a shooting survivor who might be disabled for life. Wouldn't that be part of supporting the Second Amendment?